No one manage to escape the house!
Ecopetrol faces murder case after people killed and homes destroyed by pipeline fire!
The smell of gas was so strong that my family became dizzy and could not be saved. They were my father, my mother, a niece, another niece’s husband, a toddler and a family friend. The fire consumed everything.
It has been almost 11 months and Ecopetrol continues regardless of moral damages. ” So Albeiro Guerrero recalls the tragedy that struck her family last December 23 with Ecopetrol pipeline explosion in the sector Villa Carola in Dosquebradas (Risaralda), which destroyed the neighborhood and left nearly 100 injured and 33 dead.
This is the same version that gives the answer why he refused to reconcile with Ecopetrol, as have several of the victims, and why was awarded, along with 13 other relatives of the deceased, a power of attorney Abelardo Espriella to represent them in criminal proceedings against the oil company.
Initially two hypotheses were raised against the causes that led to the rupture of the pipeline: the first aimed at a possible fuel leak caused by fuel theft, and second, that the tube broke because of a landslide, generated the winter season. However, both versions were contradicted by months after an investigation that conducted the Comptroller General of the Republic.
For the control authority, what happened in Dosquebradas was the result of “a failure to maintain the pipeline”, work was the responsibility of the oil company to anticipate and avoid the risk of damage to the pipe. Furthermore, given that a similar explosion had occurred eight years ago.
Based on these findings, the lawyer Abelardo de la Espriella instituted a complaint against the president and members of the board of Ecopetrol, as suspects in the death of Carlos Arturo Guerrero and Flor de Maria Julian Guerrero Albeiro parents. In the criminal complaint names as co-authors of the murder by way of possible fraud.
The document, filed on Aug. 16 in the Office of Pereira, emphasizes that “the accused knew the external circumstances, which elevated the level of risk of another explosion.” At this point the complaint relates to multiple ads in media for the increased rainfall and foreknowledge that the company had about theft, which made urgent maintenance of the pipeline. “The accused were indifferent to the danger posed by his conduct to the legal rights of life and personal safety of local residents, despite multiple evidence that allowed them to warn of impending criminal result.”
This complaint is in addition to two previous, also filed by De la Espriella to Ecopetrol answer on charges of damage to property, environmental pollution and personal injury Aguazul broken with physical deformity.
When asked by The Spectator, says the oil has not been notified of the complaint and that for now it will not react. However, Jaime Bocanegra, Dosquebradas program manager, told this newspaper that since the submission of the incident, Ecopetrol has accompanied the victims and created the program to repair Dosquebradas: “In addition, of all the medical, surrendered bonds $ 500,000 dollars for each person who lost their property, whether injured and those who lost their clothes and shoes. ” According Bocanegra, the idea is to restore the social fabric.
According to the census of Ecopetrol, were 38 houses destroyed by the blast and already reconciled with 36 owners. “First, there was the valuation of the property and then proceeded to make the payment in cash.” On the other hand, points out that the company already reconciled with groups of 33 relatives of the deceased and that “we have had approaches including some relatives of Carlos Arturo Guerrero and Maria Julian Flower”.
This version is confirmed Albeiro Guerrero, who acknowledges that six of his brothers were not involved in the lawsuit filed by De la Espriella, preferring to reconcile with the oil.
Bocanegra explains that reconciliations have been made based on the statement by the State Council, “depending on the degree of consanguinity, conciliation can range from 50 to 100 minimum wages.” Also insists that all processes are monitored by the Office and go to court in Pereira, where it is determined whether to proceed with the recognition.
But another is the figure Espriella search of the process: “As for the victims of homicide, it is not a criminal but administrative responsibility, and in this case the compensation can reach thousand minimum wages,” he said to the Spectator one of the firm’s attorneys.
If successful, the lawsuit, this figure would join Ecopetrol presents accounts: $ 14,000 million in restitution, $ 8,000 million and $ 3,600 million investment in education, excluding humanitarian aid, funerals and transport subsidies.
Albeiro Guerrero has a different perception of what happened: “As in all tragedies, the early days were very specific with aid, but time passed and now the support has been very little. The housing issue has not been solved. I think most of those who did so because they are reconciled in a difficult situation and I think it is not, which is reconciled buy at left to give them. ”
The truth is that lack a good time so you know who is right. For now, the complaints against Ecopetrol add to the list of processes dammed by the judicial strike and have made little progress. From October 23 rests on the attorney a request for intervention and special surveillance in criminal investigations, but there is no statement on the matter.